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Golden Wave Band to play 'West Side Story' songs

Nov. 6, 1998



The Baylor University Golden Wave Band has been an active part of Baylor's history for approximately 99 years and continues to play an important role in the tradition of homecoming.

For the last few weeks, the Golden Wave Band has been preparing for the homecoming halftime show.

According to Jeffrey Grogan, associate director of bands and director of the Golden Wave Band, the band as a whole has improved tremendously, especially in the musical and marching ability of each member.

Grogan and Mark Turner, graduate assistant of the Golden Wave Band, both agree the band has taken steps in the right direction.

'The band members are able to get more things done in a short period of time,' Grogan said.

Turner added that band members have become and more efficient and accountable.

Victor Villalobos, an El Paso senior and band council president, said the band is incredible compared to last year. He and Mark Miller, a Belton senior, both said the band's music and marching talent have grown.

This year's homecoming show will include music from Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story'. According to Grogan and Turner, the arrangement, as well as the music, is entertaining and has lots of contrast.

'The band has more enthusiasm and it's a great show,' said Kristen Bradow, a Plano sophomore. 'It's a great show that is well recognized.'

The band has participated in homecoming for more than 50 years. It performs at the bonfire and pep rally the night before the game, in the parade the morning of game day and, of course, during pregame activities and halftime.

The homecoming parade gives the band the opportunity to perform before Waco residents as well as Baylor students, faculty, staff and alumni. The band will play music such as 'When the Saints Go Marching In.'

The band begins the morning of the parade and game by meeting at the Glennis McCrary Music building at 7 a.m. to load the buses to go downtown for the parade. The parade starts at a.m., and it takes 2 hours for the band to march back to campus

According to Turner, the end of the parade is a stressful time for the band because it has a stadium rehearsal immediately after the parade.

The homecoming traditions seem the same, with a few exceptions, for some of the upperclassmen in the Golden Wave.

'It's different from my freshman year because I feel more a part of the homecoming traditions,' said Delaina Mayo, a Louisville junior. 'Otherwise it's still the same.'

While celebrating old traditions of homecoming, the band and its directors hope to be able to create new and exciting traditions as well.

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